County Show 27th June 2010
The forecast for the day was to be hotter than yesterday as we headed
in the coach for Elvaston Castle, Derby and the Derbyshire County
Show. Just short of the event we spotted “Nelson” Lifelong
carnival band follower walking with his backpack amongst the crowds
on the road. As a token of goodwill the coach pulled to a brisk halt
and Ian (Nelson) boarded the coach like a kid going on a school trip.
Becky was eager to boost the takings but could not build up enough
courage to ask him for Bus Fare. We entered the field and saved Nelson
entry fee, even though he had pre booked his ticket in advance.
No parade to endure however, two separate displays in the very large
arena, one at 12:00 noon and the other to close the show at 5:00pm
when the band would play ‘Sunset’ as the show flag was
Immediately on arrival the chairs and travel rugs were spread out
and partially clothed bodies were soon straggled around by the sides
of the coach. But shortly after, preparations began for our first
Looking over the huge arena a choice was made as to where the ideal
position would suit us, but first we had to abide by the Health &
Safety ruling on entering the ring following the Llama Slalom Racing
Act and awaiting for the obstacles used being cleared.
About 20 minutes later than planned the ‘Musketeers’ commenced
their first display with all members attempting to continue the upsurge
in their delivery following the first competition results of last
week, and at the conclusion of the performance it appeared that the
message was seriously getting through with an enjoyable show being
presented to the appreciative crowd lining the arena. Fellow friends
and Bandsmen from local bands were also present to offer support.
The Band Master had a brainwave to help improve the performance by
utilising the experience to pick up on the marching by acting as Judges.
Back after the display and eager to get out of the sticky outfits
completely for around four and a half hours before the members indulged
in their own thing before having to apply the uniforms for the second
Some members decided to visit the trade stall and help empty Mark
the Drum Majors wallet. Other members opted for Ice Creams and then
later in the afternoon to take up front seat vantage in the bar to
watch England’s efforts in the World Cup encounter with Germany
in South Africa on TV. Although the end of the match was worryingly
close to our second performance, England’s demise towards the
end ensured our depressed members were back in plenty of time to change
and be ready in good time.
Over to the main arena at 5pm, where the now depleting crowd awaited
our final programme, which again the members put to good use and applying
another encouraging performance irrespective of the smaller watching
contingency and once again everyone happy to conclude another weekend
for various reasons. On my own account suffering a trumpet player’s
nightmare a massive cold sore on the middle of my bottom lip which
with two days of abuse with the mouthpiece was now in a very sorry
state and the dodgy knees were the last thing on my mind.
It was nice to see fellow Bandsmen and old friends alike supporting
the Carnival world and we would like to pass on our best wishes to
Sue Holbrook, Kelly and the Ambassadors of Derby for the future and
also Marie, Craig and the Middies for this seasons Contests.
However we would like to offer our band officials grateful thanks,
with only two members missing, to all 26 members and fellow working
committee who performed during this hot weekend of activities. It
was very much appreciated.
All comments written are purely an opinion of the event by members involved.
These are not by any means intended as derogatory or defamatory in anyway
to the organisors or the people involved.